§ 63. Mr. James Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement regarding the talks with the Norwegian Government held in Oslo on 8th January concerning her threat to ban British trawlers from certain areas off her coast.
§ Mr. Ennals
Provided that essential interests of the British fishing industry are not damaged, we are not opposed in principle to the establishment by agreement of non-discriminatory trawl-free zones off the coast of northern Norway to meet the special problems of local Norwegian fishermen. Following my116W talks in Oslo on 8th January, various proposals are under consideration on the basis of which I hope it will be possible to reach agreement.